New York City FC vs. FC Cincinnati
Normally, NYCFC’s considerable home advantage is enough to break a long run of poor form, but a humiliating Matchday 15 loss to Eastern Division rivals Philadelphia Union at Citi Field halted that trend and highlighted a more serious problem for the Cityzens – namely their tactical limitations without a true striker. DP centre-back Thiago Martins is also an injury concern.
Philadelphia Union vs. Charlotte FC
Jim Curtin’s Philadelphia Union look like the world champions most pundits predicted they would be at the start of the year, but favorites Charlotte FC are almost as hot. The balanced second-year MLS side has had key contributions throughout its lineup, with five different players accounting for 10 of their goals scored during a 4W-1L-0D stretch.
Toronto FC vs. Chicago Fire FC
Toronto FC enjoyed an emotional victory in an upset both on and off the pitch last Saturday, getting two assists from captain and superstar Lorenzo Insigne. If Italy star Federico Bernardeschi can make his way back into the squad after not dressing for Matchday 15 at a “coach’s decision” (Bob Bradley has confirmed he is available), then there could still be hope for a season that once was dominant in the MLS club.